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Must have completed first grade and turn 7 by June 1st

Take a wild ride with MarineQuest and discover the migratory species that cruise along our coast. Track the movements of turtles, sharks, whales and dolphins as they travel our shores. Learn how scientists use tagging, telemetry and photo-identification to document different migratory species. Experiment with ocean currents and barrier island movement. Experiment with using a compass and drawing a map. By the end of the week you'll be a certified Coastal Cruiser, too.

Field excursions include:

  • Going to the beach, marsh, bird sanctuary, Center for Marine Science and NC Aquarium.

Highlights include:

  • Make a map and compass; learn how to use binoculars; go snorkeling in shallow sea grass beds; go seining, dip netting and fishing; study marine organisms life cycles; study turtle nesting and sea level rise; study the impact of overfishing on shark populations; get swallowed up by a life size Right Whale!

Program Dates and Tuition

Day of Week:

Monday - Friday


8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Friday pick-up/final presentation at 12:00 p.m.

Staff / Student Ratio:



UNCW Campus - drop off at Lot EE

Summer 2018 Dates:

Session 1: June 18-22 **Filling fast!

Session 2: July 9-13 **FULL for Summer 2018!

Session 3: July 23-27 **FULL for Summer 2018!





Program Registration

You must register by 5:00 p.m. the Wednesday before your program is to begin.

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